nfc-list man page

nfc-list — list NFC targets


nfc-list [ options ]


nfc-list is a utility for listing any available tags like ISO14443-A, FeliCa, Jewel or ISO14443-B (according to the device capabilities). It may detect several tags at once thanks to a mechanism called anti-collision but all types of tags don't support anti-collision and there is some physical limitation of the number of tags the reader can discover.

This tool displays all available information at selection time.


Tells nfc-list to be verbose and display detailed information about the targets shown. This includes SAK decoding and fingerprinting is available.
-t X

Polls only for types according to bitfield value of X:
1: ISO14443A
2: Felica (212 kbps)
4: Felica (424 kbps)
8: ISO14443B
16: ISO14443B'
32: ISO14443B-2 ST SRx
64: ISO14443B-2 ASK CTx
128: Jewel

So 255 (default) polls for all types.

Note that if 16, 32 or 64 then 8 is selected too.


For an ISO/IEC 14443-A tag (i.e.Mifare DESFire):

ATQA (SENS_RES): 03 44
UID (NFCID1): 04 45 35 01 db 24 80
ATS (ATR): 75 77 81 02 80


Please report any bugs on the libnfc issue tracker at:


libnfc is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), version 3.
libnfc-utils and libnfc-examples are covered by the the BSD 2-Clause license.


Roel Verdult <>,
Romain Tartière <>,
Romuald Conty <>.

This manual page was written by Romuald Conty <>. It is licensed under the terms of the GNU GPL (version 2 or later).


June 26, 2009 libnfc NFC Utilities